Christine McCarthy

Postdoctoral Research Scientist
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Seismology Geology and Tectonophysics
108E Seismology
61 Route 9W - PO Box 1000
Palisades
NY
10964-8000
US
Phone: 
(845) 365-8713
Fax: 
(845) 365-8150
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 My research explores the way that micro-features control macro-behavior. Defects in the structure of crystalline materials, such as impurities, dislocations, grain boundaries, and partial melt all affect the way that seismic waves are damped in the mantle, for instance, or how tidal energy is turned into heat within an icy moon's outer shell. In order to better interpret seismic data and provide better constraints for goephysical modeling, I design experiments to isolate and scrutinize the underlying microphysics of defect-controlled processes such that resultant laboratory data can be scaled up to macroscopic settings. With material properties being the constant element, my work spans a variety of time and length scales and geologic contexts: from the deep earth, to the cryosphere, to the outer solar system.

Education
List of degrees from highest to lowest:
Ph.D. in Geological Science
Brown University
05/2009
M.Sc. in Geological Science
Brown University
05/2005
B.S. Geophysics
University of Oregon
05/2003